19 episodes

Transforming the mental health conversation, one heartfelt story at a time.


#heartonmysleeve is a global movement and worldwide community of people around the world who share a common value: to live a life of authenticity. Heart On My Sleeve Podcast is a collection of these compelling, inspirational and insightful mental health stories. You will hear from people who have endured invisible hardship, and live to tell their story of meaning, purpose & resilience. We hope that every episode provides you with something small that allows you to feel understood and less alone, so that you can let go of the shame and make way for a new narrative to emerge.


Mitch Wallis is the founder of Heart On My Sleeve and the host of the show.

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    • Mental Health
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Transforming the mental health conversation, one heartfelt story at a time.


#heartonmysleeve is a global movement and worldwide community of people around the world who share a common value: to live a life of authenticity. Heart On My Sleeve Podcast is a collection of these compelling, inspirational and insightful mental health stories. You will hear from people who have endured invisible hardship, and live to tell their story of meaning, purpose & resilience. We hope that every episode provides you with something small that allows you to feel understood and less alone, so that you can let go of the shame and make way for a new narrative to emerge.


Mitch Wallis is the founder of Heart On My Sleeve and the host of the show.

    Jake Tyson: the carpenter that rebuilt his brain

    Jake Tyson: the carpenter that rebuilt his brain

    In this episode we hear Jake's story of going from being broken to finding hope in a new life and new perspective. Jake Tyson was once the sweetheart of the US TV circuit as The Handsome Handyman. He played up to the media and played down his debilitating mental health issues and unhealthy coping mechanisms, like alcohol abuse. When the GFC hit, and his marketing business Redback Tools started to tank, he found himself at his lowest point. Standing at the edge of a cliff, ready to end it all, he cried out for help. What he received transformed him forever and he stepped back a different man. With an indescribable download of understanding about love, life and the energy of the universe, he changed his life and set out to help others.
     
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    Costa Zacharia: you can be good and gay

    Costa Zacharia: you can be good and gay

    In this episode we see an amazing human learn to love himself for who he is as a proud gay man. We explore his journey to self acceptance, the battle of religion and sexuality, the moment of acceptance from his father, and how he learned to dance with his demons. There's something in here we can all take away regardless of our lifestyle or sexual preference, in that we all can find the courage to be who we really are.


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    • 48 min
    Aoife O Connell: being made redundant during labour

    Aoife O Connell: being made redundant during labour

    - How can we create more purposeful careers?
    - Techniques to navigate life-altering experiences
    - How can we minimise guilt and shame?
    - Are we really advocating for equal opportunities for women?
    - How to step into and own your voice and experience.
    - Why parents should continuously invest in improving as a parent
    - How connections and conversations can influence our mental health
     
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    Susan Hales: master your mind and you master it all

    Susan Hales: master your mind and you master it all

    - Why connection and supporters are the most important aids to healing
    - How to reframe and restructure your story
    - What are the key parts of processing and connecting with feelings?
    - Tips to lean into growth
     
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    • 54 min
    Madii Himbury: the anxiety of figuring out who you are

    Madii Himbury: the anxiety of figuring out who you are

    We talk with Madii Himbury – a young successful Olympic skier who is on a path to discovering who she is outside the world that people see everyday.


    In this episode we talk about:


    - What life is like as an elite athlete
    - How can we manage our mental health so that success isn’t so tied to our identity?
    - Have you experienced how freeing making space with your story can be? 
    - How important it is to be aware of your emotions. We can redefine how we see ourselves.
    - Your body and mind are your refuge.
    - The importance of knowing when to put yourself first and take your foot off the accelerator.
    - We all need people to walk with us on our mental health journey. Having someone listen and show they care has such powerful healing.
    - Accept that you do not always need to be strong.
    - You won’t always get it right. That’s ok.
    - Madii shares the skills she uses to manage her mental health. 
     
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    • 44 min
    Sharon Draper: psychologists have mental health problems too

    Sharon Draper: psychologists have mental health problems too

    "I remember one time as a novice psychologist (I very nervous) a client was telling me a really sad story and I couldn't stop thinking about what I could do to ensure she didn't stop talking, because I was so worried about what to do if there was silence in the conversation..."


    Very rarely do we see mental health professionals change roles from practitioner to patient. Psychologist Sharon Draper shows us that even the people who do the diagnosing or treating have their own demons to deal with. In this episode we explore the humanity behind the traditionally "God-like" archetypes of professional therapists.


    In this episode we talk about:
    - Her experience managing complex OCD issues that have manifested in bizarre behaviours like holding her breath
    - Living with anxiety and thriving in a world where she helps others to do the same
    - How personal mental health issues can challenge her ability to support clients, yet also increase the empathy of her work
    - Why the window of time as a 5 to 7 year old is so sensitive to forming our future mental health
    - The awkward moment where a psychologist starts writing notes during your session
    - Sharon also opens up about trauma that has hit close to home for her and impacted her life and inspired her to become involved with psychology
    - How to change the internal conversation with yourself


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    • 56 min

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